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The best speaker you ever heard?
Pipedreams. Uncannily capable of recreating an acoustical event as it was recorded in its original space. I guess that means a sense of effortless scale. Their ridiculous size . . .
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Speakers to hang on to for LIFE
At exactly a year old, my marriage to these Verity Audio Parsifal Encores hardly qualifies as longterm. Nonetheless I continue to enjoy a blissful honeymoon! Realizing that I would. . .
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Personal speaker evolution
5" full-range infinite baffle mono ($3?) 1960 Home-made 8" triaxial Jensens in a 90 lb clay sewer pipe! $100 parts 1969 Kirksaeter M50 and M70 ($90-110) closeouts 1975 . . .
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How do you determine how much to spend on speakers
I revamped my system incrementally, assuming a $5k budget, over two years. I had a beefy old NAD receiver, a slightly modded Rotel 855 CDP, and DIY (Boston Acoustic designer help) . . .
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Am I the only one who thinks B&W is mid-fi?
After NOT reading all the above posts, I must agree that I found the N803 WAY too bright in my room in the nearfield. Interestingly their power response was superb, as they sounded. . .
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Current Trends in multi thousand dollar speakers
Phew! Lots of reading.... Glad to see that "Q" was discussed. Balancing enclosure size, driver characteristics, vent frequency and sensitivity is certainly an art. Not . . .
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Your ''best kept secret'' speaker choice ?
Spendor SC3 center channel (88dB MTM versions of the S3) turned sideways used as a stereo pair! Why the hell doesn't Spendor wise up and market these thjis way
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Which speaker is the master of IMAGING ????
ANY pair whose drivers and crossovers happen to be clones, either by strict QA or luck of the draw
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Omnidirectional speakers. The future?
Fine posts, all. I designed my first speaker system as an omni (vertical-radiating planar?) back as a teen in the late 60s, using a Utah triaxial driver sitting upfiring into a . . .
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What are your favorite monitors?
If you like the S3/5 I strongly suggest you find either a pair of s3/1p (6.5" woofer, vented) or, interestingly, a pair of the now-discontinued SC3 center channels set on edge. . .
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Box speakers that sound like Electrostats?
Agree with Poorguy and Phasecorrect... I own the Spendor S3/1p (2 way vented 6.5" + 20mm), and find them ideal with their SC3 cousin center as a HT front trio. Quick and . . .
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Best speakers for 2000-USED
If you can find Revel Performa F30 for $2k used grab 'em fast
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what speakers do the best "disappearing act"??
I'll proffer a vote for the Parsifal Encores (but with Alephs!) too.... Many interesting posts, folks, but my first thought relates to the inaccuracy in the pair-matching process. . .
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Is this rude?
Nice thread. I just finished getting all newbie-educated and in an obsessive high-energy curve bought a couple of kayaks. As a reseller of used Subarus in a one-person business, I . . .
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Can I get "Great" used speakers for $1800??
How about NEW Revel M20 for $1500
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Best speaker a wife would tolerate
My wife's and my choices dovetailed sparingly down to Linn AV5140 (midrange threadbare, but nice in cherry), Nautilus 803 (nice in dark cherry, but really incoherent in the . . .
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What's wrong with Thiel?
SS: good response! What I'd like to add is that Thiel has always taken the flat, neutral spectral response school of crossover design and tweeter padding, so his speakers sound . . .
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How do you get to listen to high end speakers?
Sounds like this dealer will be retiring soon! There's only so much self foot-shooting a business can take. The few remaining dealers up around here in Boston are only to glad to . . .
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Best all around box speaker between 15K and 25K
And the Varity Audio Parsifal Encores for a room-friendly 3-way that's GREAT in the nearfield too
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great little speakers
Yeah, the 3/5. See my thread re the three baby Spendor versions. The Classic 3/5a is still the best...especially for your needs
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Why lots of B&W Nautilus for sale used?
Hmmm...I carefully auditioned 803N and 804N at home, and purchased neither. I had waited for B&W to ramp up production of the 804, as its size was ideal for my needs. Dealers . . .
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"Power hungry" speakers
Dazzdax, to get back to your question....Driver manufacturers have to balance efficiency, durability, linearity, smoothness, and frequency response, at least, to provide an . . .
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looking for upgrade suggestions - 12,000 to spend
Great posts. I just finished wiring up four dedicated AC lines using cheap 10AWG for the monos and Belden 83802 for the digital and pre/tuner low current ones. WHAT A DIFFERENCE in. . .
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THE BEST SMALL SPEAKERS
Castle "Isis" (discontinued) continue to be the favorite of a local Castle dealer. I don't know if you'll ever find a used pair of Verity Audio Encore "Monitor" satellites (these . . .
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Any WARM, MUSICAL speakers out there?
Spendor 3 (not the new SE), Spendor 1P (+6dB sens, 6.5"
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Best speaker in nearfield listening
My Verity Audio Parsifal Encores (front-firing bases) are extraordinarily coherent in the nearfield. "Hey, they're $13k new!" Yup, but the top-half satellites (Parsifal Monitors) . . .
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My first real hi-end audio system Please advise
I didn't take the time to read the posts (forgive me...it's my birthday!), but the LAST thing I'd do is give up M20s without a serious attempt to integrate them into a system. My . . .
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Any small monitors that dont sound thin and bright
Nice thread....I couldn't help but sample a dozen or so shops while I was in Scotland last summer, and EVERY time I asked about mini-monitors the guys waded through the new KEFs, B. . .
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Speaker recommendations for 2,500 or less?
Used Revel Performa F30 or M20 would be a great bet
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I GIVE UP
I didn't take the time to read the preceding posts (sorry), but do I remember correctly an interview with Gayle some time ago where someone had affixed "wings" to his MLs. . .
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Is it worth it?
In order of excellence (and $$!): Verity Audio Monitors ($6k); Revel M20 ($2k); Spendor S3/1p ($1400). Maybe the Concertinos. I prefer the more forgiving nature of the SF and . . .
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Are NHT VT2.4's harsh, or is it just me?
If you want to "push" the woofer break-in, aim the speakers toward each other, wire one out of phase, turn the bass up, and let 'em pound away for a few hundred hours. . . .
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Bright room, help
Ouch! Yes, treat the sidewalls and floor first, and REGARDLESS of what you buy, but then run out and buy a decent front end! Cheap: NAD C541i at $400-500. Mid: Warm: Rega Planet . . .
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Correlation: Money and Good Sound
Get the phase correct on that keyboard, eh
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Advise Needed, Best speakers for approx $15,000
I LOVE my Verity Audio Parsifal Encores. Solid, ethereal, compact, and GREAT in the nearfield, unlike most 3-ways. Have fun
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New Speakers 1k
Triangles are a bit too bright, even to a fellow frenchman. For around $1k I prefer the Spendor S3/1p or even the phenomenal SC3 centers turned sideways (think of them as S3/5 with. . .
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Why so little discussion about Snell ?
Did Boston gobble up their designers? Both companies have a high regard for pair-matching through sophisticated QA. Friend of mine was just let go at Boston because they lost their. . .
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Best speaker with tubes?
Do you mean "ports?"
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Got my very first system. What's my next move?
ENJOY THE MUSIC! In addition, go to lots of live acoutic events, thus allowing you to carefully optimize speaker placement and room damping toward the holy grail. Some attention to. . .
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Small floorstander recommendations
If the Spendor sounds anything like its stand-mounted S3/1p Classic Series predecessor then I would think it's GREAT value for $1500 list
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Shhhhhh Don't tell my wife. Looking at B&W 802Ns
Depends how YOU talk to THEM! Appears that your room is long enough for proper coherence of these drivers. Just make sure you don't sit in the nearfield...HER'S either for awhile! . . .
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Beautiful Speakers
Hi Sugarbie! If beauty also means smallish stature (and to my wife it does), the only high performance 3-ways she found aesthetically acceptable in our music/living room were the. . .
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Speaker Choice: Narrowed down, need final opinions
I would continue to seek another pair of Revel F30. I believe Thorman IS kidding, but interestingly my demo of the N803, Revel F30 and (rear-firing woofer) Fidelios three years ago. . .
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What speakers for $5K Used?
Revel F30 if a nearfield setup. Piegas or Nautilus 803 if farfield. Thiel 2.3 or even 1.6 if you don't need the dynamics
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Monitors are falling
BOLT your stands to the monitors' bottoms, then GLUE the stands' bottoms to marble/granite slabs that are then coned (spiked) to the floor. Your babe will NOT knock them over! Not . . .
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Best CHEAP floorstanders?
Saw Hales Revelation 3 on A'gon a week or so back for 1150/pr. There's a deal
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Speaker upgrade - please advise.
You didn't describe your room...nor listening geometry. My setup required nearfield (7.5' triangle) 10' out from the front wall. Nautilus simply doesn't cohere in the nearfield. . . .
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best monitor available?
Verity Audio Monitors (the top 1/2 of the Parsifal Encores). Phenomenal neutrality and soundstage precision
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OK, best speakers for 2500 USED......
Revel F30
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Great Small Speakers w/ high WAF?
My wife's accepted the Rosewood Spendor Sp3/1p, but would have preferred the smaller S3 if it came in Rosewood
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$1k speakers / Audio Refinement Complete
Idaho, you didn't mention your ROOM! I too tried, and loved, the smooth sound of the ARC, but decided to spend way more on PASS Aleph separates. If I was setting up a second system. . .
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Hear ye! Thou who knowist thy speakers..
The Revel for $3k (fine midrange); the 803N ONLY if your room allows listening in the farfield (they don't integrate well closer than 10-12' away; splashy if close to sidewalls, . . .
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Best in depth of soundstaging and ease for 2k?
Whoa! Soundstaging depth is predominantly the purview of room geometry and listening position. If you set up a fairly small triangle with lots of space behind the speaker plane you. . .
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Speaker Upgrade?
WAF and a slightly soft top being huge factors in our HT (secondary) system, I went with gorgeous Spendor S3/1p in rosewood, used for $800, atop the Target-clone 4 pillar Plateau . . .
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I am nuts to use these speakers?
Interesting thread.... I was pretty happy with some nice two-way monitors developed by two friends of mine in the early 90s (one now head designer at Boston Acoustics, the other . . .
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What is the best speaker for a small room 10X11
10x11x9??!! Sennheiser HD600. Too many nodes
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is a subwoofer for music a good idea??
Great post, Sd. 1. Depends upon your monitors' abilities, and of course whether there's any musical programming below their LF performance cutoff. 2. Sufficient? Probably. Will it. . .
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High value floorstanders around $1k used
The Paradigms offer lots of cheap bass in lots of cheap Canadian MDF. The mids and highs suffer, of course, but they do what they do pretty well. I prefer a more resolved midrange . . .
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What prevents DIY speakers to become the ultimate?
Northcreek notwithstanding, a non-dedicated non-OEM can't buy tight-production tolerance drivers required for superb-imaging, ultranatural response. As alluded above, the best . . .
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B&W VS Dynaudio .........
I too am a happy listener with Parsifal Encores, which are essentially 2-way monitors with bass pedestals. The key to fine imaging with ANY speaker system is mostly in sensitivity . . .
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Best speaker in the $4-6k range.
You could save a bit and try the Revel F30, or the F50 for more slam. The B&W's hot tweeters are probably NOT a good match with Krells, I concur. The Aeriel 7b, 8 and 10t are all . . .
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Speaker tweak
$125 for small plates
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What speakers use SEAS or SEAS-sourced drivers?
The Seas 5" midranges are EXTREMELY smooth for the money, but have a rising response that's difficult to tame, so often have a nasal quality. I worked quite hard trying to . . .
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OPINIONS Best FULL RANGE used speaker for SS
I almost bought Revel Performa F30; if you can find a used pair under $2500 do check them out. Probably the best midrange in a floorstanding 3-way under $5k. Have fun
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small room speakers
If you listen in the VERY nearfield than indeed give the Quads a try, as they'll stay relatively coherent as you shift around. Avoid any monitor with widely-spaced drivers, and . . .
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Differences between small vs. large mid driver
Andy, it'd be easy to write a book about this, and I'm 2-finger typer on a damned French keyboard on vacation in Grenoble, so I gotta keep it short...plus I'm not the expert here. . . .
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Are your systems more Plato or Aristotle?
Shubertmaniac, I'm with ya, as I've been overdosing on playing a lot of Schumann on my piana lately, and do miss the "there" there of Schubert. But "historicity". . .
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which monitor isn't lacking in the bass dept.?
I use Spendor S3/1p (6.5" 2way) for my HT system specifically because they're much more efficient and have far superior bass to the otherwise fine S3 or LS3/5a...also mate . . .
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Best speaker between 15K-35K
Nice post, Holz. I too was overwhelmed by too-big and sometimes incoherent in the nearfield portrayals of larger great systems, and am happy with the room-friendly compactness and . . .
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Thiel Cs 3.6. Outdated?
Great speakers, especially given the "marriage" requirements of proper room-loading, are probably the least datable link in the chain. If your amp can provide sufficient . . .
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Aerial replacement for 10T ?
The 8b has PRODIGIOUS bass, overwhelming most rooms, whereas the 7b is a better domestic fit. The original 10t used a precast mid/tweet head mounted onto a QA-nightmare bass . . .
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Time to replace speakers, suggestions wanted
Socrates, it's quite UNlikely that a replacement driver will match sufficiently in sensitivity to provide excellent imaging. Dynaudio et al sell their mid-spec runs to OE . . .
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I need 'decent' speakers for my cheap system
Spendor sp3/1p you will own for life, moving them around the house as you develop a ref system someday. Used for about $800, a STUNNINGLY realistic apeaker. I use 'em in a second . . .
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Newbie needing experts' advice
Revel F20 nice for the bucks
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Revel M20 vs.B W 805 vs.Dynaudio 1.3SE
Hmmm...why not get the Revel F30 and forget the sub? Clearly the best midrange of the group, and prodigious bass for the money (<$3k discounted)... and they cohere pretty well in . . .
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Loudspeaker under 3000 new or used
Revel F30 are amazing for the $! Easily the best midrange in a 3-way anywhere near the money. Good Luck. Ernie
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Is Sennheiser 600/650 an overkill ?
600s for $200. Just get 'em! Their comfort level is worth it, even though your source isn't
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Speaker recommendations / live concert recordings
Maggies for this guy? C'mon. He wants an efficient, big-bottomed boxy 3-way that's affordable. Who makes these? Maybe old Vandersteens, used big Paradigms, et al. Remember what he'. . .
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Help, too bright
No...it's the TREBLE-cut that they take FROM the music that may help that particular recording that may help Threetwo.... That's what lots of magnetic material (steel shot, in . . .
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How long it take to run in brand new loudspeaker?
Aren't there two issues here? Maybe some tweeters have flexible surrounds, and thus will increase in output (get brighter) with breakin; likewise, and more commonly, woofers and . . .
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What is the opposite of near field listening?
Jvia...used to agree with you, but after spending the past year or so assembling a ref system, I have to agree that MOST of the time my home seat is better than the cheap tix I buy. . .
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Standing vs. Seated-Big Difference in Bass???
Uh...also exacerbated by the big suckout in the upper mids/low treble when you stand up into the "crossover null" cancellation of the mid and tweeter, allowing your ear/. . .
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HELP with Speakers for a 11 ft X 12 ft room???
Square rooms are nearly impossible. Try to asymmetrically damp the walls, set up a tight nearfield triangle and move it (and yourself) around the room to reduce bass res and slap-. . .
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Speakers for extremely close listening
The KEF UniQs are an obvious choice, despite some midrange roughness
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link between speaker and floor
Lint? Just tilt the speaker up and vacuum carefully
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WHat about four speakers.......
I'll admit to using the Dynaco-style L-R rear speakers scheme in my reference rig. I have a 6x8 pass-through library just behind my listening chair, and mounted small monitors high. . .
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Speaker Suggestions?/Advice Needed.
I really liked the sound of the Revel F50 (esp the midrange). If you can handle their cartoony looks (my wife couldn't!) check 'em out. Far more natural than Nautilus 804 or Thiel. . .
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subwooferability ???
I like my Boston Acoustics PV1000 "Velodyne clone". Under $1k discounted, fast and strong. Nice in cherry, too. Keeps up with and mates with my HT system's Spendor front . . .
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What's the most important speaker attribute...and
Flat and fast midrange response
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speaker sensitivity dividing lines
Too many manufacturers spec a bit optimistically, I've noticed. How many 88dB/w claims end up a dB or two short over at JA's bench, for example. Sensitivity averages at 1k are . . .
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B&W N805 vs. Revel M20
I prefer the neutrality and softer tweeter of the M20
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B&W 804's Vs. Vienna Acoustic Beethoven
You're correct on both accounts: the N804 has a very lean (im)balance...B&W's attempt to make a small-scale 803N to satify the US distributo's request for a lower price-point item . . .
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Verity Parsifals vs 1st series Talon KhorusX
I've been in love with my Parsifal Encores for a year and a half now. Earlier comments re "slow" or "insufficient" bass are puzzling. Then I remember the chat I. . .
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Most "Musical" speakers
I always liked the Revel F30 in that price range
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Headphones
Although I had initially liked my old Staxes a lot, I sold them last year for $200 as I found I hadn't listened to them for years. A recording engineer suggested that their . . .
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Positioning and Listening distance
My room is 14x18x8, with a 5' doorway behind my chair on the back wall leading into a smaller room. I sit in a 7.5' triangle, 8-9' out from the front wall (grand piano behind the . . .
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Do It Yourself Speakers
After building a run of nice two-ways in the early 90s I decided to build a three-way of higher performance. After LOTS of work I had ONE mono prototype (8" Peerless +5+0.75&. . .
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Verity Parsifal Encore opinions
Actually they're very EASY to place if you move them out into the room and flip the woofer pods around to FRONT-firing. Results in an incredibly coherent wavefront in the nearfield. . .
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What to place under speaker spikes on hardwood
Nickels for silver spikes or pennies for brass ones! Don't worry about dulling the points. The force per square inch is still ridiculously high, so the coupling will work. The . . .
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B&W 804 nautilus OR Revel f30
F30s are VASTLY better! The coherence is quite superb between the mid and tweeter, very much UNLIKE the 804N. As well, the B&W's bass performance is quite lean, and difficult . . .
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Attention to detail
Spendor S3/5 for $600 used...or better the Spendor S3/1p for $8-900 used: +4dB more efficient, with much deeper bass. I just built an entry-level system for a good friend from . . .
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Cigar Smell...How to get out of Maggies??
JJ and Highspeed are right: Fabreeze DOES work. I use it on auto upholstery if there's cigarette odor lingering. I tried the coffee grounds idea...simply a cheap version of . . .
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foiled again...
Afraid everybody's right here: if you don't get those speakers WAY out in front of the TV you'll be dramatically compromising the soundstaging potential of 2 channel. I have a . . .
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Can someone explain db sensitivity?
I thought a 6dB difference is perceived as "doubly" loud (4x power), not 10 dB. Someone clarify this? Isn't it a surface area, and therefore geometric (squaring) function. . .
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Verity Audio Lohengrin: WOW Can't beleive this...
Hmmm...my Encores have no problem filling my VERY damped medium-sized room with explosive SPLs down to 30Hz! And coherent? Phew. I can only imagine what Veity's done at $80k, but . . .
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ProAc Future Series: A "Dead Dog" or just Dead??
Yeah, I did one of those "What the hell happened to those great little Pro...?" yells, too
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Good speakers for Pass Aleph 3?
I use Aleph amps too, but I'm sorry, but I can't give credence to this question. You match speakers to a ROOM, not an amp.... Find speakers that sound great with your Aleph IN YOUR. . .
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More questions from Chris L.
The missing gold nugget of advice hear is that you won't know anything about how speakers sound until you get them home and listen IN YOUR ROOM. I sense that you're researching . . .
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What is next after Paradigm Studio S-40
The Paradigms' failings to me are always about an inherently second-class midrange. Top octaves can be tamed with positioning and room treatment, and bottom octave is a function of. . .
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Rat Shack SPL meter: Analog or Digital?
Rives! Where were you 10 years ago when I pulled my hair out trying to calibrate these $30 suckers! And the battery-charge correlated non-linearity error across each scale was no . . .
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Speaker advice: $1200 budget
Not sure the Spendors will whomp you enough. Their midrange is to die for at the price, though. Maybe used Vandersteens or big Paradigms are more up your alley. But if you treasure. . .
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Verity Speaker Parsifal Encore
Tireguy et al: the 250mm 4 ohm woofer Verity specced from Dynaudio was chosen primarily for its incredible speed! Perceptions of slowness are completely room-related, when the . . .
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volume/transparency ?
Fletcher-Munson curves
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How do I bi-wire and bi-amp?
CHEAPEST great way is to buy Canare S11 starquad, and use two each of the 4 conductors for each set of connections on the back of the Quad 12 you have. THEN you can muck around . . .
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Any small speakers equal in sound to Hales Rev III
Spendor S3/1p! Small, balanced, COHERENT, fast, and musical. $1400 new, $800 used
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Near field listening and speaker placement
Was about to state Soix's point. I listen to 3-ways in a 7.5' triangle in a 14x24 room. The speakers are 8' out from the front wall. I tried several serious 3 ways (N803, N804, . . .
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Verity Parsifal Encore VS. Vandersteen 5a
I'm the mirror-image here, in that I've heard (owned for three years) the Parsifal Encores. Attributes are a scarily-good midrange...truly statlike in coherence and speed. Wide-set. . .
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Ready to Plunge into Aerials; One more question...
I too can't understand why you skipped the 8? Its bass can be overwhelming in a smaller room, just as the 10t. I really like the locally-made Aeriels, but once I heard the scarily-. . .
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TAS's recommended speakers under 2500
Just bought the Spendor SP3/1P (6.5" with Scan 1", vented), to get more bottom than the 3/5. Why does everyone ignore this speaker
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Silver Speaker Wire Recommendations?
Hmmm? I found the 803's recessed midrange and hot tweeter to be ESPECIALLY problematic with silver cables. Sure you don'y want a sweeter design? Or is your amp that rolled-off? . . .
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Whatever Happened to Snell?
Both Snell AND Boston are famous for controling product quality via strict manufacturing engineering practices. The question isn't whether Boston can maintain Snell's quality, it's. . .
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Experience with Aerial models 6 or 7b
Although I preferred the midrange of the Aeriel 8 over the 7b, it was clear that they were WAY to bass-heavy in my similar room. I didn't like the incoherence of the N803 at all, . . .
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Speaker opinions for my setup, pls?
Huh? First things first: get speakers that match your ROOM and your taste
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Speaker break-in tips..
Hi again, Warren. Most break-in is about woofer surrounds, then all driver spiders. Quickest exercise is to face speakers together a foot or so apart, ONE out of phase, and play . . .
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What if I were to upgrade????
Hmmm....your room and lstening geometry mirrors mine. And the Verity Audio Parsifal Encores (with woofers rotated forward) work exceptionally well in the nearfield in a large room. . .
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Backing Away from Stereophile Class A
1. That was true for me too until I got an Electro EMC-1 MkII. 2. Especially true, and one of the reasons why Stereophile Class rank is spurious. Reviewers evaluate speakers IN . . .
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Great Imaging Speakers Working against a wall?
Deaden the front wall, as 40" is pretty minimal for a deep soundstage. Do NOT think that you'll achieve ANY stage depth with flush/wall mounting. Just won't happen. You can . . .
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Dynaudio Contour 1.3SE brightness?
Try Spendor SP3/1P for 1/2 the price. Equally resolving, but a warmer balance...and more efficient, too! It uses a VERY nice Spendor 6.5" with a Scanspeak 19mm tweeter with a . . .
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Coupling or isolating floorstan. to the floor?
Awdeeofyle...interesting. I approached Verity with ideas for modifying their excellent adjustable huge spikes, and they warned me to NOT change the distance between the woofer and . . .
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Speaker positioning?
Hmmm.... I too have a 14x25 room, but it's a bit asymmetric, and because there's a 7' grand in the front, I've been forced to set up a 7.5' triangle about 10 feet out from the . . .
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What music is best for an Audiophile Society Meeting?
Yeah, that Fairfield Four disc is GREAT
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Aerial 10T Beware
Aeriel had a really hard time getting their local box-maker to make bass cabinet clones precisely enough, so finally gave up and sources them from Scandinavia. Hence another (large. . .
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Help wanted choosing speakers and subwoofer
In my separate HT system I was looking for musicality AND forgiveness of brightish commercial movie soundtracks, so a front trio of Spendors (S3/1p and matching SC3) works . . .
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Can you switch out drivers from another company???
You may get a radically different total power response (especially if sidewalls are close by) if polar radiation characteristics are different too. And then there's the basic . . .
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B&W N803 vs. Revel F30
I beg strongly to disagree! If the threadhead had said his requirements were for electronic music (rock/pop/elec jazz/etc.) I would have gone with the recessed-mid N803 also, as . . .
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Need Suggestions For Wall Mounted Speakers
I just went through this process, and was surprised that speakers from JM Labs AND PSB that were purposely built as surrounds sounded shitty when wall-mounted! I found their . . .
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Upgrade from Spica TC-60's.
Sean's probably right, but if you really want to start over I'd recommend the new Spendor S6 floorstander. Sweet, images like crazy, and not too bright up top. $1500 list/pr
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How do you properly break-in a pair of speakers?
Ryan's got it right. Even better is to boost the bass if you have tone controls (huh?). You'll soften those surrounds and spiders quicker
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Help in Speaker Selection
Although out of your price range, used Verity Audio Parsifals sport an amazingly quick 8" woofer and magical 5" mid, nearly equalling ribbons speed and coherence. Cheaper. . .
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"Used"Revel F-30 or AP's Virgo II: Better Value?
I heartily agree with Lokil. You'll have your hands VERY full maneuvering these full-range guys around to try to smooth out large bottom-end non-linearities in your "too-cubic. . .
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Revel F30, Dyn 1.8/3.0, V.A. Beethoven?
Nice post, Kthomas. Given a highly-reflective (live) room, I might suggest trying speakers in a relative near-field arrangement. If so, then you'll want a speaker that coheres . . .
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Verity Audio Parsifal
Yes, Jaica. I started by auditioning the Fidelios. Remember that the rear-firing woofer is VERY room-sensitive. In my room I sit in a 7.5 ft triangle, with 8' BEHIND the speakers . . .
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B&W CDM 1NT alternatives
B&W 602 SIII. Lots of boom and sizzle, with a fairly good midrange. Won't overly embarrass your receiver. KEF UniQ ones are smaller and much more attractive, and provide a broader . . .
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Subwoofer choices under 1K . NHT, Def, SVS
Boston PV1000 lists for $1200, but can be easily bought under $1k. A real Velodyne HGS-clone for 1/2 price! And BEAUTIFUL, too
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Stands to go with B&W Nautilius 805?
Plateau in Canada makes a beautiful four-post sand-fillable Target knockoff for $200! Called the V23 I believe, for its height in inches
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Revel F30 and M20
Huh? About the only thing I can offer is that if you plan on listening in the nearfield, you'll be fine with only the M20. The F30 requires a longer listening distance in order to. . .
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OK to use curtain to obtain the optimum room size?
Why are you doing this? If it's because you're only going to use part of a room for your system, and NOT an important aestheic requirement (spousal acceptance factor? Ha!), then . . .
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Neat Ultimatum
Hi Ken. How's the Neuance biz? Have you floated the new NAD 541i CDP yet? I'm building a system for a friend and want to predict the improvements before suggesting one. Ern
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A subwoofer for my NHT SuperZeros
I really like my Boston Acoustics PV-1000 ($1200 list; $700 used); pretty much a good-looking, user-friendly QUICK clone of the Velodyne HGS12
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Dynaudio 1.3mkII Vs Proac 1SC
What about the Revel F20
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speakers for creek 5350se?
Sorry...just think you have it all ass-backwards! Find a speaker you LOVE IN YOUR ROOM, and then see if the Creek drives it well. If so...you're done. If not, get other . . .
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B&W 803N/ any comments?
See other threads re my comments re 803N and its failings particularly in the nearfield. I strongly preferred Revel F30 at 2/3 the price. But tastes and rooms sho do vary
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B&W 803N vs REVEL F30. Which is a better choice??
I've listened pretty carefully to 803N and 804N, as well F30 in my room. The 804N's anemic bass and therefore lightweight balance was unacceptable. The 803N sounded GREAT from . . .
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Suggestions: Sonus Faber, Monitor Audio, Elac etc?
I would caution that you ensure that your seated listening height is appropriate for short floorstanders, as those deep crossover nulls appear just above axis. So if you're on the . . .
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discontinued B&W CM series
Agree with Sugarbie....Snicka, for $1k/pr I went with used Spendor S3/1p and new Plateau V23 stands. Slightly rolled on top, but that's necessary for HT, 2nd system use, or budget. . .
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Is buildiing a HT around the speakers a good start
We're all over the place here, so I might as well chime in.... Since the family room falls within my wife's perview, I had to be careful. Yet I convinced her to accept a beautiful . . .
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B&W nautilus 804 for linn classik?
I agree with Jk, and feel that the 805 w/sub is FAR preferable to the anemically-voiced 804. If you want a three-way at the 804's price point check out my fave, the Revel F30...or . . .
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Thoughts on Merlin VSM M vs. Verity Fidelio
Be sure to perform in-room demos as the rear-firing woofs of the Fidelio work best with some front-wall boundary support. For example, in my setup where the speaker plane is 8 feet. . .
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Best monitor for HT
Hmmm...I found the 805 to be quite bright for HT use, where there's simply an excess of top octave junk. Spendor S3/1p L&R and their SC3 center certainly work great for me, and . . .
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On Wall Speakers?
Hey Tubino...Slip's comment is not pathetic! Case and punctuation in normal discourse is NOT a choice, as you put it. This isn't a poetry fest.... Spendor's SR5 wasn't around last . . .
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NHT ST-4. Great deal and sounds funny Help GURUS
Yeah, my friendly long-time dealer is NOT impressed with the newer NHT he now has to sell, and quickly points folks over to the JMLabs Chorus/Cobalt and baby Spendors for true . . .
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bookshelf to floorstanding-real upgrade?
I like Phasecorrect's advice, but would also suggest that you get BETTER monitors, such as the new JMLabs or baby Spendors. Several NHT dealers have woefully suggested that the . . .
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Revel M20 or Meadowlark Shearwaters?
Try the Plateau V23 23" stands, as they're $200 clones of the $500 Targets. Work great on fine monitors like the M20
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Has anyone done any worthwile tweaks to their...
I haven't but I'd treat my sidewalls before wholesale radiation treatment with felt donuts. You might NOT want to affect the power response of your tweeter just yet. If the tweeter. . .
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Matching components to Speakers??
I too can't imagine that you'll ever send 200 watts to a surround! But more to the point, start by getting the sensitivity ratings of the speakers you're auditioning. If they're . . .
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Sound difference between Revel M20 and Merlin TSM
The Revel M20 are very similar to the top 1/2 of my Parsifal Encores, as a result are my favorite under $2k monitors, along with the Spendor S3/1p (for a sweeter sound
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Anyone bought Speakers from outside U.S.A.?
Certainly makes sense to take a cheap, off-season flight to London to pick up Spendors VAT-free, for example. Or Harbeth, Quad, etc. Dealers can be convinced to give you 20% off, . . .
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how many of you build you own speakers,and why?
Used to (2 and 3-way ported), but soon realized that getting matched drivers in small lots was impossible. Thus customizing EVERY crossover was required. What a joke! So I blew my . . .
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Isolating speakers from hardwood floors
Like the airman's advice. When I used to run monitors on spiked stands, I'd effectively couple them by resting them on 4" thick white-marble slabs I grabbed as broken sections. . .
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Tweeter absolutely silent. What could be the reason?
Easier to check for an open voice-coil by touching a 1.5v battery to the terminals and listening for scratchy sounds. Tweeters are pretty go-nogo devices. Their sensitivities . . .
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Thoughts on Fidelio
Hi Rich. I demoed Fidelios last year, and got the same results, but at an extreme, longer front-wall placement (8'). A quick call to Verity Audio was illuminating!... The Fidelios. . .
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Avalon Opus vs. Verity Parsifal Encore
I've compared the original Parsifal to the newer Encore, and there's no question that the frequency extremes are improved. The larger scale and better controlled bottom, as well . . .
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ProAc Response 1SC vs. Revel M20
The Revels are more linear in spectral tilt and thus require more attention to sidewalls, room dampening, etc. They're VERY carefully cloned, so imaging can be spectacular. The . . .
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Need help with a good quality speaker setup
That said, bipolars are extraordinarily placement sensitive, so be sure to do an inroom demo
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Rear Surround Speakers
I like the Boston Acoustics VR-MX as they're attractive, are voiced for boundary support (unlike most!), and can be set up as both direct and ambient-firing depending upon your . . .
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Velodyne HGS Series 1 vs Series 2
Not enough to warrant the price! I checked these out very carefully, and ended up being VERY happy with a clone called the Boston Acoustics PV-1000 at 1/2 the price
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Spica TC 50 - What are the best stands?
PLATEAU in Canada makes a Target clone that's more attractive called the V23 (23")that's sand/shot fillable and only $230/pr list! I LOVE em under my Spendors. Happy New Year
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Verity Fidelios VERSUS B&W Nautilus 803's
I spoke with Julien Pelchat at Verity about the lack of biwirability, snd he said that they decided to NOT allow users to muck up the sound if using two different sets of cables. . . .
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Verity Audio Opinions
I've owned my Parsifal Encores a little over a year, and continue to be profoundly impressed. My 7' triangle nearfield setup in a 14x18x8 room required front-firing woofers, so an . . .
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Any Verity, or Avantgarde owners in NYC?
Hi Dolphin. Although it may be a bit of a stretch for you, you're welcome to visit me in Boston for a weekend to get aquainted with my Encores, as fed by Aleph 2 monos and P. My . . .
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Verity Sarastro?
Huh? 88dB/w, ultra-fast, and NEVER fatiguing...I think I'll keep my Encores
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sub woofer dilemma, help
I found the Boston PV1000 to be a clone of the similar Vel, and far better than the F-series, too. Great value, and VERY fast, mating with my Spendor front trio magnificently
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Sub crossover setting....
The Rat Shack is quite linear throughout the bass region, so other test CDs with bass warbles will work too. You're predominantly interested in flattening the 40, 50, 63, 80, 100, . . .
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Recommendations for small, wall mount speakers
Boston Acoustic VR-MX are what I finally bought after testing MANY speakers for boundary influence. You wouldn't believe how many two-ways (inc MANY surrounds designed for wall-. . .
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Monitors vs Floorstanders
I feel pretty strongly that the M20's strong benefits in midrange neutrality, soundstaging abilities, and neutral (can be bright in a lively room) top octave make it a superb . . .
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Spendor 3/5 SE special edition
I agree. For the money I prefer the one-and-a-half-sized 3/5 called the Spendor SC3, turned sideways. MUCH more bottom end, and a nice 88/89dB/w efficiency. For $1400/pr they're a . . .
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Keeping Drivers Healthy
Armor-All won't hurt polypropylene-based cones. Won't protect them, either. Addiction? Thanks for the first day's laugh
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Running Speakers in Parallel, center channel help.
How are you going to arrange the two speakers' geometries to avoid inevitable phase cancellations/combing from the two tweeters? And what about the combined impedence dip's affect . . .
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Best speaker stands for bookshelf speakers
Plateau (canada) makes a GREAT take-off on the Targets called the v23, I believe. Can easily be had for $200 new. Sand and shot fillable, and very attractive, too. I use 'em under . . .
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Need a speak/amp compatibility opinion.......
I may be fuzzy on this, but didn't Kelly design the 6 for front-wall positioning after much feedback re the too-strong bass of the 10, 8 and 7b models? If so, you might find the 6 . . .
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tweeters to the inside or outside
Try 'em both. Depends on radiation patter, sidewall proximity, and your listening triangle shape. Try 'em upside down, too, in case listening axis is better that way. happens a lot. . .
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verity parsifal amp match
Hmm...none? When Bruno and Julien redesigned the Parsifal they spec'ed a 4 ohm woofer from Dynaudio to replace the previous 8 ohm one. Even though the composite impedence is a nice. . .
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Verity Audio Parsifal or Fidelio liked w
Jaica...see my post on the other Verity Audio thread. It's 3 AM here so I gotta sleep
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Which is better: Spendor BC1, SP1/2, or SP2/3.
My experience is with the smaller, more WAF Spendors, wherein I'll recommend that you chase the Classic S3/1p, which is like the 3/5 except that with a vented 6.5", and . . .
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Soundstage and the effect of the rear wall
A flat but precise soundstage can be effected with bookshelf (or other close-boundary support) mounting. However, soundstage depth can't really exist behind the speaker plane . . .
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Verity Parsifal Encore
You bet! Somewhere I wrote a long history of this debacle. Maybe a search will retrieve it. In short, my room is quite dead, with placement requiremnents creating a 7.5' triangle 8. . .
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Combining different speakers to get better sound
You put them in SERIES?...and then side-by side? Holy crap! I can't even begin to comment on the non-linear summation of their outputs acoustically, nevermind their electrical . . .
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Can a Pinnacle subwoofer keep up with Spendor S3/5
I dunno, but the Boston PV1000 definitely keeps up with my Spendor front trio. Great $1k powered sub
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And the Verity Taminos ?
Careful! Both of these rear-firing woofs need boundary reinforcement to sound their best. I tried the Fidelio back in 2000, necessarily 8 feet out from the front wall, and found . . .
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tip on moving/positioning speakers
Wish I had known of these when the carpet installers said I had to slide by Steinway B outta the room and back again
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Any Opinions on the new MIRAGE OMNI250's?
They are HORRIBLE! Even the mid-fi dealer I spoke with has to sell them agreed. Real marketing hutzpah, but the swimmiest, Valium-like soundstage I ever heard! Phew
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need to upgrade my center speaker
Spendor SC3, also. I have a front trio consisting of the SP3/1p and the SC#, and the sensitivity and flawless coherence of this grouping was PERFECT straight from the get-go. . . .
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speaker redesign
You'll find AFTER measuring them at various points on the vertical axis whether or not they are more forgiving with the tweeter on top or the mid. All depends upon the drivers and . . .
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Verity's Fidelio vs.Talon's Raven: Who Wins?
Actually, it's down to your ROOM! The Fidelios use a fixed rear-firing woofer, which Verity optimistically states works in 80% of rooms. I tried them, and was completely UNDER-. . .
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Spendor SP3/1P vs. Monitor Audio GR 10?
I just bought a rosewood pair of SP3/1P and a black SC3 top match. Now need wall-mountable, spouse-friendly surrounds! JM Labs Chorus 700 might do it if the Scan tweeters can stand. . .
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Speaker Placement - Vaulted Ceilings
Fascinating. I'm of two minds re your setup. I too must listen in the nearfield (7' piano in the front), and thoroughly enjoy the huge stage it provides when there's 8 feet behind . . .
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compare and contrast
I found N804s to be pretty lean...especially compared to N803. either coheres well in the nearfield, though, so be careful to match to your room/listening geometry. I suspect you'. . .
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Does crossover make a difference in efficiency?
I agree. The efficiency of the speaker is probably dictated by the efficiency of the naked woofer after mating it to its LF management with the cabinet loading. The tweeter is then. . .
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What are the advantages of offset tweeter location
Offset tweeters result in unequal, or staggered, distances from baffle edges, hopefully preventing reradiation from summing lumpily. Also can allow more flexibility in setup, as . . .
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Monitors:JM Lab, Proac, Revel, Soliloquy or Totem?
I like the Spendors' forgiving qualities for HT. The discontinued SC3 is a phenomenal center speaker, being a ported S3 with 2 midwoofs. I use one in between a pair of S3/1P 6.5 . . .
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Verity Parsifal Encore Symposium or SRA platform
I asked Julien Pelchat (VA) about that, and he STRONGLY advised against it, saying they spent a LOT of time getting this lossy-but-stiff interface just right. So I dunno
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speakers cables to use with 801s3
April Fool's was yesterday
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Can a low resistance speaker be efficient?
When dropping to 4 ohms at certain frequencies the speaker will simply draw TWICE the current as at 8 ohms. This can of course tax many amps. As importantly, with tube amps that . . .
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Massachusetts Audiophiles - Dynaudio Special 25s
You can bring them to my basement "hung" Aleph monoblocks. I'm near Boston...you know, near Harvard and MIT. Who sells Dyne out there? Natural Sound
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Try this before upgrading
I had an old friend who stuffed his system with 4 pairs of different speakers, eventually making it sound a bit like an automobile system. I taught him to sit in one place with . . .
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Question about B&W Nautilus 805's without stands
Hang on. The issue is whether or not the 805 sound good with rear boundary support. They are NOT voiced for that big upper-bass bump that will result. I tried several manufacturers. . .
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Need Help - Difficult room accoustics
I'm not sure, but I think that omnipolars (like those new HORRIBLE Mirages!) are the LAST radiation pattern you'd want. You need to erase those cose sidewalls as much as possible. . . .
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Home theater speaker
Will's probably right! I assembled an affordable but MUSICAL, natural-sounding perfectly-matched front trio from used Spendor s3/1p ($800) and new SC3 ($550). I'm astonished at how. . .
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Replacing Tweeter in JMLab Cobalt 806
This is going to be a terribly difficult adventure. First you'd want to get Focal's freq response curves ON YOUR BAFFLE, which is probably impossible, so you'll have to measure it . . .
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Comparing B & W 804 Matrix with current speakers.
With Verity? See my comments re Fidelios and Parsifals in previous threads and in my virtual system synopsis. I have a somewhat similar system to yours in that I have Alephs and . . .
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Verity Sarastro.
I'm curious too, but size and life's priorities (inc WAF!) dictate that I'll be with my Encores throughout
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